Apothecary jars have become popular decorating accessories for several reasons.
- First of all, they are cool-looking. You can add them to a display, countertop or centerpiece to add interest.
- They come in different shapes and sizes which makes them practical for holding many types of items.
- They are made of glass which means that they are durable and see-through.
- They look vintage.
- They have lids which keeps dust from damaging what is stored inside.
Steampunkary focuses on vintage and vintage-style items that promote the steampunk/Victorian theme, and apothecary jars are perfect for this idea. You don’t need to use vintage jars for your decor, but you can. You can personalize them with printable labels to add to your theme decor. Here are some cool apothecary jars to buy that are new but look vintage. (You can find some in plastic but they are not recommended. They will not hold up to repeated use.)
Glass Apothecary Jars
Modern replicas of vintage and antique apothecary jars are most often made with clear glass and may come in sets. However, you can also buy them singly. They always come with lids and in a variety of shapes. Clear glass allow you to see through to what is inside which makes them ideal for seasonal or permanent decor items, centerpieces and terrariums.
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Collecting vintage apothecary jars can be a unique and exciting hobby. Originally apothecary jars were used by apothecaries (pharmacists) to store chemicals to create medicines. Most authentic vintage apothecary jars were made in colored glass to protect the contents from light. Once plastic replaced glass as containers for pharmacists, apothecary jars were used more as decorative containers or for food storage.
Vintage and Antique Apothecary Jars
You can find vintage and antique apothecary jars to collect in a range of prices depending on rarity. As you can see here, they come in various colors and some are opaque. You can display them as is in a glass case or use them as practical decor around your home. To get details on sizes, history and rarity, click through the links below.
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Using Apothecary Jars as Wedding Centerpieces
Apothecary jars can be used for holiday or day-today uses, but they are also good choices for wedding centerpieces. Since you can buy them in bulk and they are inexpensive, you can easily create unique centerpieces that won’t cost too much. Use them throughout your wedding event for the rehearsal dinner, wedding brunch, bridesmaid gatherings, bridal shower and wedding reception. At the end of your event, guests can take them home or you can collect them for future use.
For a vintage look and to keep track of your stored items, you can use printable labels for your apothecary jars. The group of labels shown below are blank with room for you to add the name of the item stored in the jar. You can also find specialty printables for holidays such as Halloween.
Printable Blank Labels for Apothecary Jars
These printable labels are all blank for you to add your own text and images. You can find many other blank printables for apothecary jars on Etsy as well as labels that are already printed with food items, herbs and holiday-related labels.